On Butter: Preserving, Freshening, and Additives ~1856

"It has been kept a secret, but its value requires publicity!" Even in 1856, we were adding preservatives and additives to butter. Winter's right around the corner, so it's time to start working! More Fun Discoveries Salamanders: Not a Recipe ~1886 Spinach…Contains Little Nourishment ~1856 To Bottle Fruit (With Hay?) ~1866   A practical recipe…

Baked Apples ~1886

Who doesn't love apples, brown sugar, and cream?!? Makes a very nice dessert. This is an easy recipe for baked apples: Slice them up Sprinkle with 1 cup of brown sugar & 1 cup of water Bake Cool and dust with powdered sugar Serve with cream The apples would be very tender if cut into…

Potato Puff Balls ~1941

Always looking for ways to re-purpose mashed potatoes...'Potato Puff Balls' sounded so perfect, I just had to give this one a try. This recipe comes from a condensed pamphlet entitled 250 Ways of Serving Potatoes (Culinary Arts Institute, 1941) - containing everything from baked potatoes, to potato salad, to potato puff balls! One note: Mashed…

Elmina Wins a Prize WWII Cookbook

Video time! The best part of this cookbook is the inside cover. Elmina proudly pinned the newspaper article where she won first prize for the strawberry recipe contest! Way to go Elmina! More Fun Discoveries: Introduction: Elmina H. Allen's 1930s-1940s Homemade Cookbook Elmina Shares Winning Strawberry Shortcake Recipe – WWII Cookbook A Toast to Fannie…

Elmina’s Home Remedies – WWII

Video time! Elmina has an extensive list of home remedies for a variety of common ills. She mentions getting some of these from the local doctor and others from neighbors. Fascinating peek at self-care in the 1930s. More Fun Discoveries: Introduction: Elmina H. Allen's 1930s-1940s Homemade Cookbook Elmina Wins a Prize Elmina Shares Winning Strawberry…

Ice Cream ~1866

Ice Cream - May be made thus: Check out this wonderful recipe. What I like about it is that it includes directions for flavoring with fruit juice - au natural! More Fun Discoveries How to Make Ice Cream ~1866 Strawberry Syrup ~1866 To Make Lemonade ~1866  

Fried Tomatoes ~ 1866

At the local farmer's market on Monday, a young stand worker took out a huge cardboard box, hefted it over her head, and poured out hundreds of tomatoes into a mountainous red sea. Ah, summer! Here's an easy, 3 ingredient fried tomato recipe for all of you enjoying bountiful harvests. Fried Tomatoes, Victorian-Style! NB: Needs…

Summer Squash ~1866

Another zucchini recipe?!? (Just in case your garden over-floweth...) Simple. Straightforward. Typical recipe used to cook zucchini today. This recipe is from an American cookbook, so we see it as 'squash', not courgettes.  Fascinating. What do you call zucchini? More Fun Discoveries Zucchini! I Found You! ~1880 Soda Lemonade, from a Most Clever Physician ~…

Risot a la Piemontaise ~1844

A simple delicious risotto! You'll need five ingredients: Italian rice (arborio) Butter One onion Broth Parmesan I think of something like a Parmesan risotto as a more modern dish. Nope. Not at all. Folks were enjoying risotto 150 years ago! More Fun Discoveries Satisfaction in Repast: Judicious Selection and Perfect Cookery Chocolate and a Mysterious…

A Model Housewife ~1887

This image of 'A Model Housewife' was taken from the very first column dedicated to cooking recipes in the St. Paul Daily Globe newspaper. The introduction states that they received more cake recipes than any other submission (because who doesn't love cake?!?!) and that the newspaper will make this a permanent column. If you're interested…